Treatment for Love Addiction
Jim Hall, MS, Love Addiction Specialist
This article describes five important core issues involved in the treatment of love addiction.
People looking for the answers to overcoming their love addiction often ask two questions:
Five core issues that if addressed, could help love addicts successfully recover from love and relationship addiction:
1. Fear of abandonment… one of their greatest fears and emotional triggers in relationships.
2. Denial… love addicts enter relationships in denial- denial of their partner‘s reality, the relationship, and the self. When this denial begins to crumble within a relationship or after a breakup, this is when withdrawal symptoms will occur.
3. Impaired Self Worth-Toxic Shame… with internal feelings of shame carried from childhood, love addicts have difficulty validating their inherent value and worth, have a distorted reality and carry false beliefs about themselves and about love & intimacy; problems of anger, isolation, depression.
4. Unrealistic expectations… love addicts go into relationships with unrealistic and expectations that no one can live up to, even their avoidant partner.
Here is the thing my friend, the problem is NOT about your partner... the problem are these core issues that have fueled most of us into our toxic dependency.
Despite this, there is hope… there is a way out!